Constant Warwick

Nominal Guns32W022
NationalityKingdom of England
OperatorState Navy
ShipyardRatcliffe - London W022
Designed by Peter Pett (1610-1672)W022
Constructor Peter Pett (1610-1672)W022
CategoryHired VesselW022
Ship TypeFrigate W022
Sailing RigShip RiggedW022
Bought by the Navy20.1.1648/49W022
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'Constant Warwick' (1649) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB065
Length of Keel85' 0"Imperial Feet25.908 
Breadth27' 0"Imperial Feet8.2296 
Depth in Hold12' 8"Imperial Feet3.7592 
Burthen342Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW022
Length of Keel85' 0"Imperial Feet25.908 
Breadth26' 5"Imperial Feet7.946 
Depth in Hold13' 2"Imperial Feet3.9793 
Burthen315 4894Tons BM 

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

3 Commanding Officers

1645 - 1647Captain John GilsonW01511.1647 - 1647Captain Robert DareBWAS-16031648Captain William Batten (c.1600-1667)W015

Service History

1645Launched as a Private Armed Ship for the Earl of WarwickW022
20.11.1647Issued with a Letter of Marqueref:655
10.8.1648Was part of the naval revolt in the Downs and sailed to Helvoetsluys to joined Royalist causeBWAS-1603
5.11.1648Rejoined Parliamentarian fleet outside HelvoetsluysW022
20.1.1648/49Purchased by the NavyW022


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1646-1646Winter Guard of 1646  
1647-1647Summer Guard of 1647  

Notes on Ship

Letter of Marqueref:655

To the right honourable the committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque ports

The humble petition of the owners of the shippe Constant Warwicke

Sheweth that your petitioners haveing provi ded the said friggott for a voyadge at sea to bee imployed as a private man of warre uppon the Constant Warwicke

They humbly pray that your hon nours would please to grant your instructions of reprizall for the said friggott accordinge to the ordinance of Parliament of the 29th of January 1645 and to approve of Captaine Robert Dare to commaund in the said friggott for his service.

And your petitioners shall pray etc.

Die Martis 20 Novembris 1647 At the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque ports.

Ordered that instructions bee given the petitio ners for the said friggott the Constant Warwicke accordinge to the ordinance of Parliament of the 29th of January 1645 with power to employ the same under the command of the captaine mentioned in the petition and that the same shallbee registred in the Courte of Admiralty and se curity taken by the judge of the Admiraltye for the said vessell and a testimoniall or certificate thereof under the seale of the Admiralty to bee given them accordinge to the tenor of the said ordinance
Warwicke Henry Vane
Thomas Raineborowe
John Roll Alexander Bence



First English Frigate?
Considered by many to to be the first English Frigate.


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